Safeguarding Policies

The PCC has approved the policies published here for Safeguarding Children and Vulnerable Adults and in respect of Domestic Abuse.

All members of our Church are required to behave in such a manner as to respect the policies and not to cause harm or distress to anyone.  In addition, users of St Paul’s, St Agatha’s and St Paul’s Church room are required to sign copies of the Policies and lodge them with Nancy Collard, the Vicar or Churchwardens agreeing to abide by our Safeguarding Policies.
If you should have any concerns whatsoever regarding Safeguarding please contact one of the Parish Safeguarding Officers, Alison Mead 01883 652580 or Maureen Westmarland 01883 345868, without delay.

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Parish of St. Paul’s with St. Agatha’s, Woldingham

Policy for Safeguarding Children 2017

We are committed to promoting and supporting environments which:

  • are youth-friendly and child-friendly and nurture their positive development

  • enable children and young people to be active contributors to the church community

  • protect children and young people from actual or potential harm

  • enable and encourage concerns to be raised and responded to openly and consistently.

We recognise that:

  • the welfare of the child or young person is paramount

  • all children (regardless of age, disability, gender, racial heritage, religious belief, sexual orientation or identity) have the right to equal protection from all types of harm or abuse

  • abuse of children can occur in all communities and is most likely to occur within families and by people known to the child

  • working in partnership with children, young people, their parents, carers and other agencies is essential in promoting young people’s welfare.

We will endeavour to safeguard children and young people by:

In all our activities –

  • valuing, listening to and respecting children and young people

  • fostering and encouraging best practice by setting standards for working with children and young people, in co-operation with statutory bodies, voluntary agencies and other faith communities

In our recruitment of paid staff and volunteers, following Diocesan procedures in –

  • ensuring careful selection and recruitment of ordained and lay ministers as appropriate, voluntary workers, and paid workers with children and young people, in line with safer recruitment principles and checks

  • providing supervision, support and training

In our publicity –

  • sharing information about good safeguarding practice with children, parents, and all those working with them

When concerns are raised, following Diocesan procedures in –

  • responding without delay to every concern raised that a child or young person may have been harmed, or be at risk from harm; or about the behaviour of an adult or child

  • working with the diocese and appropriate statutory bodies during an investigation into child abuse, including when allegations are made against a member of the church community

  • challenging any abuse of power, especially by anyone in a position of trust

In our care –

  • ensuring that informed and appropriate pastoral care is offered to any child, young person or adult who has suffered abuse

  • ensuring that appropriate pastoral care is offered to any member of our church community against whom an allegation is made

In our supervision, following Diocesan procedures in –

  • ensuring, in partnership with the diocese and other agencies, that care and supervision is provided for any member of our church community known to have offended against a child or young person, or to pose a risk to them.

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Parish of St. Paul’s with St. Agatha’s, Woldingham

Policy for Safeguarding Adults who may be vulnerable 2017

We are committed to promoting and supporting environments which:

  • ensure that all people feel welcomed, respected and safe from abuse

  • encourage adults who may be vulnerable to lead as independent a life as possible, to choose how to lead their life, and to be active contributors to the church community

  • protect adults who may be vulnerable from actual or potential harm

  • enable and encourage concerns to be raised and responded to openly and consistently.

We recognise that:

  • everyone has different levels of vulnerability, and that each of us may be regarded as vulnerable at some time in our lives

  • all adults who may be vulnerable (regardless of age, disability, gender, racial heritage, religious belief, sexual orientation or identity) have the right to equal protection from all types of harm or abuse

  • abuse of adults who may be vulnerable can occur in all communities and is most likely to occur within families and by people known to them

  • working in partnership with adults who may be vulnerable, their carers and other agencies is essential in promoting their welfare.

We will endeavour to safeguard adults who may be vulnerable by:

In all our activities –

  • valuing, listening to and respecting adults who may be vulnerable

  • fostering and encouraging best practice by setting standards for working with adults who may be vulnerable, and boundaries for acceptable behaviour, in co-operation with statutory bodies, voluntary agencies and other faith communities

In our recruitment of paid staff and volunteers, following Diocesan procedures in –

  • ensuring careful selection and recruitment of ordained and lay ministers as appropriate, voluntary workers, and paid workers with adults who may be vulnerable, in line with safer recruitment principles and checks

  • providing supervision, support and training

In our publicity –

  • sharing information about good safeguarding practice with adults who may be vulnerable, their carers, and all those working with them

When concerns are raised, following Diocesan procedures in –

  • responding without delay to every concern raised that a adult who may be vulnerable may have been harmed, or be at risk from harm, through abuse, harassment or bullying; or about the behaviour of an adult or child

  • working with the diocese and the appropriate statutory bodies during an investigation into abuse, including when allegations are made against a member of the church community

  • challenging any abuse of power, especially by anyone in a position of trust

In our care –

  • ensuring that informed and appropriate pastoral care is offered to any vulnerable adult who has suffered abuse, including support to make a complaint if so desired

  • ensuring that appropriate pastoral care is offered to any member of our church community against whom an allegation is made

In our supervision, following Diocesan procedures in –

  • ensuring, in partnership with the diocese and other agencies, that care and supervision is provided for any member of our church community known to have offended against a vulnerable adult, or to pose a risk to them.

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Parish of St. Paul’s with St. Agatha’s, Woldingham

Policy for Responding to Domestic Abuse 2017

We are committed to promoting and supporting environments which:

ensure that all people feel welcomed, respected and safe from abuse

protect those vulnerable to domestic abuse from actual or potential harm

recognise equality amongst people and within relationships

enable and encourage concerns to be raised and responded to openly and consistently.

We recognise that:

all forms of domestic abuse cause damage to the survivor and express an imbalance of power in the relationship

all survivors (regardless of age, disability, gender, racial heritage, religious belief, sexual orientation or identity) have the right to equal protection from all types of harm or abuse

domestic abuse can occur in all communities

domestic abuse may be a single incident, but is usually a systematic, repeated pattern which escalates in severity and frequency

domestic abuse, if witnessed or overheard by a child, is a form of child abuse by the perpetrator of the abusive behaviour

working in partnership with children, adults and other agencies is essential in promoting the welfare of any child or adult suffering abuse.

We will endeavour to respond to domestic abuse by:

In all our activities –

valuing, listening to and respecting both survivors and perpetrators of domestic abuse

In our publicity –

raising awareness about other agencies, support services, resources and expertise, through providing information in public areas of relevance to survivors, children and perpetrators of domestic abuse

When concerns are raised –

ensuring that those who have experienced abuse can find safety and informed help

working with the appropriate statutory bodies during an investigation into domestic abuse, including when allegations are made against a member of the church community

In our care –

ensuring that informed and appropriate pastoral care is offered to any child, young person or adult who has suffered abuse

identifying and outlining the appropriate relationship of those with pastoral care responsibilities with both survivors and perpetrators of domestic abuse.

We are committed to reviewing our policy and procedures annually.

Adopted by the PCC for 2017 on 1st February 2017.

DOWNLOAD COPIES OF THE SAFEGUARDING POLICIES HERE  combined-safeguarding-policies